if he could, Shapiro would limit web access; only 14,000 people signed up.

if he could, Shapiro would limit web access; only 14,000 people signed up.
Big Brother 2‘s new executive producer isn’t psyched about the live feeds broadcast over the web, because he tells Zap2it.com that he “would only limit it because people on the web seem to know about things that are going to happen on the television show before they happen. … That’s frustrating to me in terms of building tension and suspense and all of that.” The site also reports that only 14,000 people have signed up for the live feeds, although that number may not include people who signed up for Real’s Gold Pass under Real’s Major League Baseball promotion, which was cheaper than CBS’ fee.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.